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Reporting observation results

STEP 7. Analyze the data

Analyze the observational data by reviewing the completed observation form and any written comments.  You should also have a face-to-face debriefing discussion with the observer if you did not conduct the observations. This will give the observer an opportunity to explain the data and provide additional feedback. Begin reviewing the data after the first observation, if you used checklists, scaled ratings, or interval type observations. [more] If you used narrative descriptions, look for patterns in the data using central questions to focus analysis; qualitative coding might be helpful. [more]

STEP 8. Make conclusions

Draw conclusions based on your analysis. However, for instructional technology assessments, it is best to gather additional data using other methods (e.g., survey or focus group) to obtain a complete picture of the technology. 

STEP 9. Report results

To report results from narrative descriptions, present repeating ideas that lead to major themes that, in turn, inform conclusions and recommendations. Quote one or two responses that exemplify a repeating idea. [more]

To report results from checklists, scaled ratings, or intervals, present results graphically and with the level of detail useful to the audience (e.g., an interval table indicating 37% rather than 37.33333546%).

For instructional technology assessments, the results may be presented informally in a meeting with stakeholders or more formally in a presentation or written report. [more]

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